Friday, November 21, 2014

Hero Arts Snowy Tree stamp

These two cards were made using the same stamp but different techniques.  The stamp is the Snowy Tree stamp by Hero Arts. For the above card,  I colored directly on the stamp with a Peeled Paint  Distress Marker and a Brushed Corduroy Distress Marker for the trunk.  Then I spritzed the stamp with a water mister and pressed the stamp on to watercolor paper.

To give it the snowy look, I painted on some diamond Stickles.  You can also use CeramCoat Sparkle Glaze, among many other things.  I die cut the word Merry (Frantic Stamper) and colored it in with a Krylon Gold Leafing Pen .   I also ran the leafing pen around the inner oval to make it stand out.  One hint when cutting an oval into your top card panel that you also want embossed............cut the oval first, then run the panel through your embossing folder; otherwise, the embossing gets flattened out when running the panel through your machine to cut the oval.  I used the Cuttlebug "Rebecca" embossing folder.  All of the above items are at the Frantic Stamper store.

The card below was stamped a different way, thus giving it a different dimensional look.  This is how I made the tree for the card below:  

 Stamp the image with a Peeled Paint distress stain dabber, careful not to get any of the stars, just the tree itself.  Use a brown Distress marker to color in the trunk of the tree.

Spritz with mini mister from a distance a few times then stamp onto watercolor paper.  Dry with a heat gun.  Put some peeled paint distress ink on your craft sheet; just a little will work.  Add a dab of Scribbles 3D paint, and one squirt of water to it.  I used Scribbles Sparkle, Gel Transparent paint from Michaels/Joanns.  You can also use Stickles (not the frosted lace ones though, they dry with a chalky look to them as shown in the last card), if you use Stickles instead of the Scribbles, try using the diamond or crystal Stickles mixed with the distress ink and a small amount of water.  I prefer the look of the Scribbles myself.

Gather small amounts of distress ink with the paint, mix together a little at a time and color onto your tree.  Use a very fine paint brush, such as a number 1 or 3 and just dab the paint on in small amounts.  When finished painting, add some of the darker color of ink left over and add it on top of the tree, kind of clumping it on as added texture.

The above card was made using Stickles Frosted Lace (see directions above)

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